South America, Here We Come (Yes, We’re Still Doing This RTW Thing)

I’ve been writing a lot about past and current travels lately (such as going cross country with strangers, and having my ass kicked by a mountain) you might be forgiven to think that we’re chickening out of our plan to travel around the world and hoping people would forget 🙂

But we finally gave our 3-week notice at our respective jobs last Friday.

Start of our RTW trip
April 18th. Check.

So… yeah, despite what you might think we’re still doing this RTW watchamacallit.

On quitting our jobs and telling our parents

My parents took the news relatively well (not without questions, but much better than I expected). But maybe I shouldn’t have been too surprised?

See, when I was 16, due to political situation at the time in Indonesia, my parents decided to send me to live abroad (alone in Australia — what were they thinking?!).

14 years later, they have definitely become more immune to the distance separating us and my so-called un-Asian behaviour (which they like to blame the ‘Western influence’ for :p ).

But it still did surprise me. Which made me wonder if that they didn’t truly get it. Then again, they thought I already quit my job a long time ago and I didn’t hear a peep about how I’m going to ruin my life.

Parents. They’re so hard to predict sometimes.

Jack’s parents took the news a little harder.

But I’d like to think that they’re still supportive of us (while deeply convinced we’re going to get mugged as soon we step onto Colombian soil, forever ruin our careers, and at the same time ruin their chance of having a bountiful of grandkids in the near future).

On telling our friends and colleagues: Why Colombia?

We're going to Cartagena
We're going to Cartagena -- by picconcito

Up until this week, only a handful of people outside of our families knew of our plan (even fewer knew of the blog). When told of the news they were very supportive and excited for us.

Until the inevitable line of questioning comes:

So, where are you heading out to first?’

Colombia

As soon as we said it, we could see what’s going on inside their heads: images of drug mules, Escobar’s henchmen guarding fields of coca plants, guerillas on the street gunning innocent tourists and passersby.

Disbeliefs and concerns plastered on their faces,

Why the hell Colombia?’ is of course what followed next.

We didn’t choose Colombia to be controversial of course. Everyone I’ve talked to who has been there (and survived!) gushed about how much they loved the country.

And Colombia is visa free for both of us.

And one way ticket costs only 200 bucks ea!

Why not Colombia?

On a side note: would love to thank all of our friends, virtual and non, for the well wishes, offers of hooking us up with friends in South America, offers to store our stuff, and advices. We’re really touched!

On learning Spanish: Been slacking…

'Spanish Without the Fuss'

I’ve been trying to teach myself Spanish. My method is sporadic at best and haphazard at worst 🙂

But I’ve always loved learning new languages so I don’t see it as a chore.

I’ve been slacking off lately due to the many side-projects I’m working on but I’m going to start picking it up again soon.

I love listening to music in Spanish while I’m at work and I’m constantly looking for beginner friendly Spanish singers.

So, if you know of other Spanish singers you think I might enjoy, let me know in the comment section below.

Unfortunately, Jack doesn’t quite share my enthusiasm for learning Spanish.

He knows how to say ‘Dónde está la pizzeria?‘ though as well as “A mi me gusta el queso y la cerveza“, so I guess he’s set in terms of finding things to eat and drink.

On the blog itself: Updates and Changes

I’m slowly doing some changes to the blog such as cleaning up the front page and the sidebar.

Other changes include:
– a new-and-improved “About Us” page
– a “wishlist” page <-- *big hint to friends and relatives
– and a few of minor tweaks here and there.

Do you like the changes? Hate them? Let me know in the comment section below.

*Bonus points if you can point out the changes I did*

It’s crazy

It doesn’t seem like it was a long time ago when arbitrarily decided that 2011 was going to be ‘the year’.

And as of today, ‘THE day’ is a mere 5 weeks away.

It’s crazy, alright.


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